Mini Clothes Pins & Japanese Washi Tape

September 10th, 2010 § 13 comments § permalink

I love things that come in mini sized and clothes pins are no exception. I love Japanese Washi Masking Tape in any size. Marry the two and I’m a happy camper.

I used two different tapes on each clothes pin, one on each side.

I did a version of this craft (if you can call it that) a while back with grown-up full size clothes pins. The beauty of using these little guys is you can apply the tape directly to the clothes pins without using white sticker paper as a base.

You can buy mini clothes pins at Olive Manna and Impress Rubber Stamps.

Fun with Divine Twine and Washi Tape

February 23rd, 2010 § 16 comments § permalink

A couple of weeks ago my sister-in-law helped me clean out my kitchen cabinets. I saved an old spice tin because I loved the size.

spice-tin-makeover-suppliesI gathered my supplies: tin, Japanese washi tape (have I mentioned I love this stuff?), some Divine Twine (I love this stuff too) and a portion of a full sheet label.

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spice-tin-makeover-finishedTa da! A snappy pencil holder. A little bit of Spring freshness on these gray days.

New (to me) Japanese Tape Designs

January 29th, 2010 § 4 comments § permalink

I’ve proclaimed my love for Japanese Washi Masking tape again and again (seriously, I searched “japanese” on my blog, there’s 16 posts!).  And I just found some more to love. Look at these beauties.

scissor-tape

Perfect for the crafter

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For a birthday card or contact info on a ransome note?

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Funny on the bathroom mirror with note - " Good Hair Day Alert"

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Great packaging for jewelry designers

I want me some.

Bad.

Found all of these at Washimatta’s etsy shop + she’s got LOTS more.

photo credits: washimatta.etsy.com

Felt Christmas Gifts

December 30th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Back in November I discovered Kata Golda’s book and quickly bought it for myself to make Christmas gifts. Here’s what I made.

Photo pocket for my friend to show off pictures of her new grandson

Photo pocket for my friend to show off pictures of her new grandson

Little notebook for my friend, Cierra.

Little notebook for my friend, Cierra.

Animal friend finger puppets with sleeping quarters for my niece

For my niece: Animal friend finger puppets with sleeping quarters.

Craft pocket filled with goodies to make stationery for my mom

For my mom: Craft pocket filled with goodies to make stationery.

It is such a satisfying feeling working with felt and I love the end results.

For more felt goodness, visit Kata’s site HERE.

Butterfly Crafty Download

November 30th, 2009 § 6 comments § permalink

Here’s a fun little craft supply for wrapping gifts, making garland, decorating or card making. A sheet full of butterfly outlines. There is a sheet of larger butterflies and a sheet of smaller butterflies. You can print them on text paper, card stock, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper (print on the back), kraft paper, grid paper or whatever you like.

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I received something special wrapped in this very pretty map paper. I made copy of it on my scanner/copier because I didn’t want to use up the original. Then I printed the butterfly outline pdf on the back.

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Cut out the butterflies with scissors.

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I used a glue stick to attach butterflies to the cards and added some Japanese masking tape.

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I punched two 1/8″ holes in a butterfly and threaded some divine bakers twine through them to wrap a gift. I like bending the wings slightly so it looks like the butterfly just landed. (Paper from my life time supply.)

Download SMALL Butterfly Outlines HERE.

Download BIG Butterfly Outlines HERE.

Enjoy!

Bakers Twine Garland

October 14th, 2009 § 11 comments § permalink

Playing a bit with the bakers twine samples. Made a little garland with the twine and some japanese washi masking tape and tried it out for gift wrapping. Two of my favorite things. How can you go wrong?

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Red Pump Earrings

October 10th, 2009 § 8 comments § permalink

Tonight we are going to a friend’s Red Pump Party. I’d never heard of such a thing, but I guess the women (and men if they choose) are to wear red pumps. Um, I don’t do high heels. I’m 5’9″ and the tallest one in our family. I don’t own high heels. I did want to pay tribute to the party’s theme so I tried to think of an alternate idea. First thought was to cover our two bicycle pumps in red duct tape, but that would be awkward at the party to handle. The LOML suggested earrings a la shrinky dink. Little Cat A was my production assistant and here’s what we came up with.

Supplies: image from web, hole punch, to-go salad container, red nail polish, red sharpie, scissors, & tracing paper.

Supplies: image from web, hole punch, to-go salad container, red nail polish, red sharpie, scissors, & tracing paper.

Printed out image from web, traced with tracing paper, reduced outline on home printer/scanner.

Tracing, un-shrunk shoe and shrunk shoe

Tracing, un-shrunk shoe and shrunk shoe

Traced shoe outline with red Sharpie on salad container. Punched with hole punch. Toasted in toaster oven.

Finished earrings

Finished earrings

Painted with red nail polish and used earring pieces from another pair of earrings I don’t wear anymore. The black heel tips are teeny tiny pieces of japanese masking tape.

Modeling earrings under close supervision of #1 assistant.

Modeling earrings under close supervision of #1 assistant.

So, if I will be wearing red pumps on my ears, what will I be wearing on my feet?

red-pump-earrings-014I’ll be wearing my patent leather mary jane flats. Cause that’s how I roll.

Bakers Twine + Paper Scraps = Gift Tags

October 9th, 2009 § 6 comments § permalink

My husband printed some wedding invites a while ago and had some “overs”. They were printed on fabulous feeling, very thick paper and had a fun design on them. I love when something can be upcycled!

Here are the supplies I used.

scrap paper, hole punch, black/white bakers twine, paper punch

scrap paper, hole punch, black/white bakers twine, paper punch

bakers twine and various paper punches

bakers twine and various paper punches

Here's what the press sheet looked like after I had my way with it.

Here's what the press sheet looked like after I had my way with it with the paper punches.

Punched 1/8" holes in the tags and threaded with bakers twine.

Tags after I punched 1/8" holes in the them and threaded with bakers twine.

These tiny guys are my favorite.

These tiny guys are my favorite.

Here are a few of the tags in action.

Tag attached to gift with japanese washi tape.

Tag attached to gift with japanese washi tape.

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If you don’t have any one-sided scrap paper (say an image from a magazine) you could always run your scrap through a Xyron sticker maker, stick it on a solid piece of paper and then punch it with your paper punch.

New Source for Japanese Masking Tape

September 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

tinted-mint

Click on image to visit the Tinted Mint site

Oh!, my little heart is beating fast! I just discovered a new source for my beloved Japanese washi tape. I do adore this stuff!  All by itself it makes me swoon, but add in a great price, FREE shipping (on orders over $40) and 15% off your first order (when you sign up for their newsletter) and I’m in heaven.

The Lovely Package Exchange – Partner 1

August 28th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Here is what I sent to one of my Lovely Package Exchange partners. Kristin designs stationery also and has an etsy shop.

Handmade fabric envelope. How-To directions gotton here.

Handmade fabric envelope. How-To directions from here.

package-exchange-k1-w-labels1- Tissue paper flower directions here and envelope, turned bag, turned vase directions here.
2- Bakers twine to wrap and play with.
3- Gift tag stickers with her initial.
4- Custom designed grid paper notebook. There are a couple of envelopes attached to inside front cover so Kristen can store snippets of inspiration. The cover reads — Kristen’s  Stupendously Cool, Outrageously Excellent, Extraordinarily Remarkable Thoughts and Ideas.
5- Fabric envelope (see photo #1).
6- Vintage alphabet card from my stash. I sewed a zig-zag border at the top and bottom, then attached some silver thread to hang it by.

package-exchange-label-asst-w-labelSome different labels from my stash. The orange/gold is paper and the red rectangles are petite envelopes. Both from Chinatown in San Francisco.

package-exchange-flowers-w-labelI tucked some folded “blooming” instructions into the vase. The “vase” is decorated with a little bit of japanese masking tape on the front and back. At the top right is what she should end up with after her flowers open.

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I haven’t received my goodies, yet. But when I do, I’ll do a show-and-tell.

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